“No Man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Abuses of the Presidency

Several weeks ago, in her Wall Street Journal column Potomac Watch, Kim Strassel broke yet another important story regarding federal politics.

In her piece entitled Obama's 'Gangster Politics,' Strassel disclosed Wonderboy's expected executive order to require companies applying for government contracts "to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts."

No such requirements are in sight for unions whose members work on such contracts.

Senate Minority Leader McConnell actually called it "almost gangster politics."

It surely is that. And very transparent.

It's such a blatant move to inhibit businesses from donating to Republicans that even liberal Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins is incensed. Imagine that!

Seriously, the two-year history of campaign contributions is clearly meant, not to clean up political finance, as Wonderboy's order alleges, but only to chill sources of GOP funding.

And, of course, if some companies choose not to bid on federal contracts in order to protect their campaign contribution records, then taxpayers will probably pay more for projects, thanks to less competition.

Just what is good about this attempt to selectively intimidate business, but not unions or non-profits, into either being penalized for contributing to non-Democratic campaign funds by being forbidden or not to bid on, or denied federal work, or not making those contributions in the first place?

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